Wednesday, April 25, 2007

Sweater Knitting!

I'm still suffering from recurrent allergy and lack of sleep problems, therefore not getting much done in the crafts. However, I do have some progress. I've now finished most of the back of my Banff sweater, just need to do the left shoulder. I've moved my needles to the front part while looking for my shorter circulars to finish the other shoulder and start on sleeves. My plan this week is to finish the back and front this week. The neckline and sleeves will take awhile because, of course, they are also oversized. So, lots of progress. I'm also working on getting most of my quilting stuff packed up for the painting to occur in either May or June. Sadly, I am having more and more trouble with vision, but as long as I can thread my machine, I will continue to quilt. I need to add more lighting, which will help. But it really is telling me to stop buying fabric. All this packing is helping. I finally found the missing ball of yarn for my purple sweater. It's all knitted, I just needed the yarn to sew it up. Maybe I'll get to it this weekend. It's supposed to be hot and sunny.

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This has been a busy month again for kitties. The kittens are now 6 months old and are getting spayed/neutered. Cleo was done last month. Kindof a slow recovery, but she is fine and actually much happier since spaying. I don't suppose going into heat over and over is particularly fun for her. Sylvester was done last month with no problems at all. Had Bart done and he's developed 2 abscesses. Poor thing. He is on antibiotics. Monday, both Polly and Alice were spayed and both are doing very well. Putting off Cuddles' surgery until we get this mite problem completely cleared up. She is still scratching, scratching, scratching, but the veterinary dermatologist says it takes 2-3 months to solve the problem.
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Featured Kitten: Alice (surrounded by my quilts and afghan)

Saturday, April 14, 2007

Spring Has Finally Sprung

I'm happy to report that all the snow melted yesterday and we have Spring back again at last! I've been rather busy this month, and just haven't had a lot of energy for working on my projects. I am making the supreme sacrifice (yes, this is killing me) of cutting my cookbook collection in half. We're talking better than 400 cookbooks, cut to less than 200. This is a big ouch for me, but my space just doesn't accomodate all that I bought. It's Ebay and Half-Price Book's fault. I need all my books to fit into 2 bookshelves, and it just isn't there yet. So, that's what I've been doing. I'm not sure if we (Mom and I) will have a garage sale or if I will just load all the books up and let my sister and her DIL sell them at their garage sale. I have until June to decide that.

Today I'm working a little on finishing up some blocks. I want to get the strips done and pinned before putting away because this will be a quilt-as-you-go-strip project or it won't get done for a year. I'm also making some progress on that Banff Sweater. I've finished the area where I can just plain knit-in-the-round, but now I have to differentiate between front and back for the raglan part. This is going slowly because the kittens are not good at staying in your lap while knitting and Polly (yes, that is the Potsticker's name!) loves to run away with yarn balls.